Australia’s civilian defence industry employs around 28,000 people in a wide variety of occupations and is critical to supporting Australia’s strategic defence capabilities.

There are exciting new opportunities for employment in Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry among the thousands of small, medium and Prime companies.

The South Australian Government is making it easier for university students to enter a career in the state’s growing defence industry with the Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship.

Eligible students can earn a scholarship to support a research or work placement with a South Australian defence industry host company.

A grant of up to $10,000 will be made available to each student for the duration of the placement and can be used to support expenses associated with your placement.



  • Enrolled and undertaking third-year or honours year study in an eligible higher education degree
  • Eligible degrees include science, engineering, technology, maths and business majoring in logistics and project management
  • Must be resident in South Australia
  • Must be an Australian citizen (a requirement to obtain an Australian Government Security Vetting Agency security clearance)
  • Must not have been convicted of a criminal offence
  • Must attend Flinders University, University of South Australia (UniSA) or the University of Adelaide

If you are currently in a placement as part of your degree, please contact Ai Group prior to applying.


To complete your application, you will require:

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A certified copy of your current academic transcript
  • Two written references


Important dates:

  • Round 3 applications close 30 October 2020
  • Round 4 applications open 2 November 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications for students already undertaking a placement will not be considered, only applications for placements yet to commence.

Please contact to discuss your situation before applying.

A placement where an employment relationship exists or is a paid internship will not be considered for a scholarship.

The placement must be credit-bearing or contribute towards the completion of the degree in which you are enrolled, like a mandatory work placement.

At the conclusion of your placement, having fulfilled the required number of hours of learning, you may enter a direct employment relationship with the company.

The scholarship is only paid for the duration of your work learning placement, as agreed between your university and host company.

Important information

Students must be engaged in meaningful learning and not in productive work, in accordance with Fair Work rules.

Placements must be located in South Australia, with an eligible host company in South Australia’s defence industry.

Advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman regarding work integrated learning placements

The Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman has produced a fact sheet for students undertaking work learning placements with a host company.

FWO fact sheet


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